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We head to a laboratory in Silicon Valley where Solazyme is using algae to produce a renewable biofuel. This biodiesel burns cleaner and is a drop in replacement for any standard diesel engine. We test out Solazyme's algae-derived biodiesel out in a Volkswagen Passat TDI.


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      • 1 Year Ago
      you have to understand that in putting this out there, there will be agents looking to dismantel it. It goes against what the Agenda 21, central authority is trying to do, and that is to control us to the extreme. Every time someone steps out with a good product, {they} manage to squelch it. We have to be careful about what we say and do. If you don't believe me, read the book. Yes diesel fuel is more expensive that it has to be, this administration is not people friendly or business friendly.
        desoto4jsb
        • 1 Year Ago
        This administration? Your political bias is showing, fuel regulations are pretty much the same since GW Bush signed the ethanol requirements into law.
        BillR
        • 1 Year Ago
        You have it backwards. Republicans are the puppets of big oil, anti-green and don't believe in science.
          evltwini
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BillR
          And your holy father has made things so much better. He gets behind everything that may get him a vote or two. Enviornment be darned. Everything out of his mouth is tailored to who he is speaking to.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is fascinating, however the big question not asked is the cost of such fuel.
      JoeAlampi
      • 1 Year Ago
      gotta do something,so we stop giving all money to foriegn oil...enough is enough.......lets kick it up a few steps faster and getter done
      rdx1946
      • 1 Year Ago
      This makes to much sense the government will step in and shut it down.
      nbapgh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like it would make your vehicle "CREEP" along.
      geoedavis
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is the cost?
      • 1 Year Ago
      At the ridiculous high prices of Diesel, It's surprising the Company's took this long to make something work, to induce using the crap diesel.
      hdlthqtrs
      • 1 Year Ago
      Clear the rain forests! Cut down trees. Kill natural enviroment and habitat for all the rare species and native tribes. . Use petro Chemicals to fertilize the fields, so the run-off polutes the water table. . Udse the displaced tribes as unskilled albor labor to cut the cane. Use aerable land to grow fuel instead of Food for these starving laborers, . Be sure to never permit refineries to be built to turn the fuel into viable products. because they Pollute! Great Plan!!!
      • 1 Year Ago
      With all these startup companies,solazme,amyris,ect.using sugarcane the price of the fuel can never compete with oil & ng .The technology should be used in different arenas like amyris did with producing the malaria drug that save lives.The big oil companies that controll the world will never let any other technologies take over,Tesla discovered how to use the earths free energy years ago,which by the way was used by older civilizations,but mysteriously was found dead and his research gone.Electro-magnetic power using the earths magnetic field is the way to go,this power source was used over 7000 yrs ago and lost to time.
        evltwini
        • 1 Year Ago
        Wow, and hummmmm. Tesla did many great things. However, pulling a usable source of electicity from thin air was not amoung them.
      Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      REminds of cartoons where a car was powered by squirrels running on a treadmill.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know why they call it "Bio-fuel" when all that is being done is speeding up a natural process in a lab. How do you think our crude was made to begin with, most people still believe it was from dead dinos.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm no chemist but it appears to be similar to corn converted to alcohol. It's an alternative but not cheaper at the pump. At least with alcohol the corn is home grown and all other monies involved stay here. Lots of that money using cane sugar stays in Brazil. Someone will figure out a process to convert junk mail to fuel just to get their own hands on research grants and subsidies. IMO
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